Knicks vs. Magic Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Magic are listed as a 5.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 218 points.
New York is 6-4 on the season after a 118-113 home win over the Hornets Tuesday night, its sixth win in seven games. Orlando comes in at 6-4 following a 104-88 home loss to the Celtics. The Knicks won three of four meetings last season straight up and ATS. The over-under went 2-2.
In the win over Charlotte, New York outscored the opposition 35-19 in the fourth quarter for its second straight big late comeback. Kristaps Porzingis tallied 28 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Doug McDermott scored 20 off the bench. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 19 points and five boards.
The Magic were led by Aaron Gordon as he tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to Boston. Jonathan Simmons had 14 points, while Nikola Vucevic added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Orlando was outscored 27-19 in the fourth quarter as the deficit grew insurmountable.
New York is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings in Orlando. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Orlando.
The Knicks have woken up with huge fourth quarters the last two wins, both at home. Now they have a back-to-back with travel all the way to Orlando. Although the Magic have fallen flat in their last two games, they have shown the capability to beat good basketball teams this year. Take the team with more rest and at home.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: ORLANDO MAGIC -5.5